||Bluegill picornavirus 1 (BGPV-1) has been
isolated from the bluegill fish (Lepomis macrochirus). The
bluegill is also known as bream, blue bream, sun perch, blue sunfish,
copperhead, copperbelly or roach and lives in streams, rivers and lakes
throughout North America.
particles are icosahedral and average 30 nm in diameter. The virus can
be grown in a cell line, BF-2, derived from bluegill fry. The genome
layout is typical of a picornavirus except that there appears to be at
least two 2A polypeptides each having an NPG↓P motif. The first is
predicted to be 17 aa analogous to the FMDV 2A, while the second is 136
aa in length. BGPV-1 may represent a novel picornavirus genus. Within the
3’ UTR, there is a poly(C) tract of 21 residues preceding the poly(A)
tail. The complete genome sequence is now available:
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